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by: rhythm Earthsong November 6, 2006 3:46 PM PST

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Questions: Digital TV signals from Cable vs. Satelite

by rhythm Earthsong - 11/6/06 3:46 PM

While looking to upgrade from a basic analog TV signal from our cable provider, we came up against some conflicting info, please help.
- First the TV salesman insists we shoud not buy a plasma or LCD while still on an analog signal, 'cause it'll look really crappy. But the cable provider (Time-Warner) insists there's actually very little difference in quality between the analog signal and the digital one, as long as it's an analog signal coming directly into the TV thru cable (as opposed to analog through antenna, definitely crappier). Time-Warner cable says only 6-8 of the 80 channels we receive are true analog, the other 70 or so are digital sources anyway. Who's got it right?
- We can rent the digital TV-top box from Time Warner which, supposedly, transforms our same analog channel line-up to "crisper" digital. They say it's not quite the same as getting the box with their all digital package, but if 90% of their analog package is transmitted digitally anyway, why would the signal be even better with their digi-package, as long as we rent a digi box?
- Satelite companies claim their signal is even better, 'cause it's digital right from source all the way thru, as opposed to an analog signal that gets converted to digital on top of your TV. But doesn't their signal go through at least one A to D conversion along the way? And if 90% of TW's analog package is actually digital in origin, is there really going to be any difference? This is very confusing, please help.

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